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Kayak Kickstart

July 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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One event on July 2, 2022 at 10:00 am

A group of student kayakers are sinning inside the kayaks on the ground, getting last minute instruction.

We are once again teaming with the City of Cedarburg’s Park and Recreation department.  Registration will be done via the City’s web page . Cost $65. Class size limited to 10.

This is a 3 hour block of instruction for the brand new kayaker. Intended for the person who just bought a kayak, or who is thinking about taking up the sport – we got you covered. These very basic kayaking skills provide you a better appreciation for the sport and provides a safe way to learn new skills.

Training will take place at a local quiet, protected inland lake, or gentile river. Before hitting the water, there will be at least an hour’s worth of classroom. If you have concerns about your physical ability,  please read our EEC.  Bring your own kayak, otherwise the use of Kayak, paddle and PFD are included in the price. Some of the topics you will learn when taking this :

Getting to know your gear:

Matching the kayak for the type of water

Wearing the right clothing

PFD fit and proper wear

Paddle – blade types & hand position

Kayak – Anatomy and Physiology , body position, boat fit


How to paddle correctly:

It’s not just using your arms when you paddle

The catch, propulsion, recovery –  how the paddle moves through the water

Forward, Stop, Reverse directions

Understanding what a sweep stroke is, and how it can turn your kayak


How to enter/exit a kayak, launch and land your craft from shoreline, or from a dock.

Ways to transport your kayak – on the road and on land.

What to do when you fall into the water:

Trusting your PFD

How to empty a flooded kayak

book adventure